Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Spiced Pumpkin Birthday Cake

Today is SP's birthday. Since he's usually at work on his birthday, I usually spend the day baking him a birthday cake and when he gets home from work, it's a surprise. I guess by now he suspects I am baking him a cake, but the kind of cake is a surprise.

This year, all the cake flavors I thought would be good choices were cakes that involved a lot of work, more than just the batter & frosting, like making a mousse or making a caramel sauce or something that I just felt I couldn't handle on my own. Or, a flavor that makes me gag because I find it so gross - peanut butter. He loves it. I despise it. So a couple of weeks ago, I approached him and told him that I wanted to make him a cake with SP friendly flavors but that all my ideas were involved and I thought I'd need help and would he be terribly disappointed if his cake wasn't a surprise and if he helped me bake it?
There also was the added factor that we've both been sick for nearly 3 weeks. I really didn't want to tackle an involved cake, by myself, while sick, with all the prep work and active time and clean up. Sometimes, it's really tough to do everything myself from the wheelchair. Trying to do everything, in the wheelchair, while coughing or trying to keep my nose from dripping... ugh!
Being a wonderful and understanding husband, he said that of course it was OK and he would be happy to help. I showed him all my ideas - Banana~Chocolate Chip with Peanut Butter Frosting, Spice Cake with Apple Caramel Sauce, Pumpkin Mousse Cake, and several others I cannot remember right now. He picked the Spiced Pumpkin Cake, which, of course, was the only one that I could have somewhat easily done on my own since it's make the batter, bake the layers, make the frosting, frost. Nothing like years past, no special strawberries in ginger syrup, no special lemon curd filling. Basic. Simple.
I ended up getting out and measuring all the ingredients myself, he mixed the batter in the stand mixer on the counter and poured it into the layer pans. I monitored the baking and took the layers out when they were done. After the layers cooled, he made the frosting in the stand mixer and I frosted the cake.
Two layers of pumpkin spiced with cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg (instead of mace since we didn't have mace) and iced with a basic vanilla buttercream frosting. Delicious. A cake we would make again.

So Happy Birthday to SP!

Recipe from Saveur, found here

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